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MAPLE TREE TARGET: Grade 1 student Esther gets into the drilling while principal Mirella Rossi looks on at the 3rd annual Maple Tree Tapping event at Holy Redeemer Catholic School Friday. Students will be able to enjoy the fruits of their labour once the liquid is boiled down and made into maple syrup. See more photos from this event on page 13.

Celebrate Earth Hour in North York’s Yonge-Sheppard area

Residents in the Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue area will celebrate Earth Hour with a walk around the neighbour-

hood Saturday, March 23. Now in its sixth year, the walk will get underway in the Cameron Public School

parking lot at the corner of Franklin Avenue and Radine Road at 8:30 p.m. Coffee and hot chocolate

will be provided by Tim Hortons and walkers are asked to bring their own mugs.

North York artist Sheila Mitchell is disappointed a demonstration last week by the Ontario Coalition Against Poverty displaced her annual art show from the rotunda of Metro Hall. Mitchell, president of the non-profit organization Art for All Canada, said city hall staff advised her last Wednesday to remove art work in advance of the OCAP demonstration the following day. Mitchell, whose group helps artists develop their skills and market their artwork, appreciated staff’s concern in anticipation of any trouble by OCAP, which has been known for disruptive demonstrations in the past. “I want to thank Metro Hall staff. I’m not complaining about them in any way. They were trying to safeguard the artwork,” she said. >>>WILLOWDALE, page 10

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College students raise their Voices

Toronto college students are busy writing speeches outlining their hopes and concerns for the future as part of the Voices 2013 Speech Competition, an event that includes participants from Seneca, Centennial and George Brown colleges. The competition takes place March 28 at the Great Hall at 1087 Queen St. W. Visit www. for more information.


seneca talents At fashion show

This year’s Seneca College Redefining Show, Canada’s largest student-produced gala fashion event, will promote work from many of the school’s programs including fashion design, visual merchandising, floral design and cosmetic techniques. The year-end event will feature a major exhibition showcasing the renowned Fashion Resources Centre and Costume Collection and a silent auction supporting the school of fashion scholarship awards.

The show will be held the afternoon and evening of April 10 at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre at 6 Garamond Ct., northeast of Don Mills Road and Wynford Drive. Tickets are $20 cash or by credit card and are available at the Seneca fashion supply store, Room D4064 at the Newnham campus, or by calling 416-490-5050, ext. 22166.


Novruz Festival set for March 24

More than 10 cultural communities will participate in the International Novruz Festival featuring a food contest, art contest, music, folk dancing, kids’ corner and more. Bring your children’s best art work and your best traditional food for the contests. Organized by the Canadian Turkish Friendship Community, the festival will celebrate a number of cultures from countries including Turkey, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and Georgia. The festival will be held March 24 from noon to 6 p.m. at Nile Academy High School, 5 Blue Haven Cr., southeast of Finch and Islington avenues. For more information, call Mehmet Gul at 416-269-7670.



Samantha Little: Orchestra Toronto

A long-time arts administrator, educator and professional musician has been appointed Orchestra Toronto’s new executive director. Samantha Little has worked for and performed with a variety of local orchestras, choral, dance and theatre organizations. She is the production manager for the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and is the former manager of the ORIANA Women’s Choir and Common Thread Chorus and


Dancing with Stars raises $750,000

Four Toronto community leaders kicked up their heels at the annual Dancing with the Stars fundraiser March 7, raising $750,000 for Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care at the Allstream Centre. They were matched with professional dancers for the event, which raised money for groundbreaking research, care

former music co-ordinator at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre. Little has worked in Samantha more than Little 500 productions in film, stage, dance and live music as a freelance producer and stage manager. She has performed and worked with the likes of author Eric Idle and, recently, Barbra Streisand. Little has taught voice, and education in aging brain health. Including Dancing with the Stars, the Baycrest Foundation has raised $22 million this year for brain research, according to a release.


Boutique opening with charitable bent

A boutique opening in the Avenue Road and Lawrence Avenue area strictly carrying

trumpet, piano, musicality, theory and history and she has lectured on conducting, vocal production and stage presence. Little takes up her new duties Monday, March 18. Orchestra Toronto, one of Canada’s oldest and largest community volunteer symphony orchestras, performs five Sunday afternoon concerts each season at George Weston Recital Hall inside Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St. For information, visit www. Israeli designers will donate a portion of sales from opening night to Jewish Family and Child Services. ShenkinWest will have its invitation-only opening Monday, March 18 at 1726 Avenue Rd. from 6 to 9 p.m. Named after a shopping area in Tel-Aviv, the store will carry pieces from Israeli designers, including Ronen Chen, Kedem Sasson and Maya Negri.

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Science Centre ‘plays’ tribute to video games HILARY CATON


ac-Man, Asteroids, Space Invaders and Donkey Kong are just five of the 150-plus playable games available in the Game On 2.0 exhibit at the Ontario Science Centre. “We’re always on the lookout for what the best travelling exhibitions are around the world...We first heard about Game On 2.0 about two years ago and we immediately wanted some more information on it,” said chief executive officer for the Ontario Science Centre, Lesley Lewis. “It’s got something for everybody. This is really about pop culture.” Game On 2.0 is the latest travelling exhibit to call the Science Centre home for the next six months, thanks to the Barbican Centre in London, England. “It’s a natural home for this show. The audience is the perfect audience,” said Neil McConnon, the head of the Barbican Centre. “It’s really what we hoped to do when we conceived the show 10 years ago.” triOS College Business Technology Healthcare is an exhibit sponsor and has its own interactive station where patrons can create their own 8-bit character and learn about the school’s video game design and development program. This market is in high demand in Canada with some of the world’s most popular games like Assassin’s Creed and FIFA 2013 being developed here. The interactive exhibit dives head on into the world of gaming and tracks key gaming developments from consoles and PC games to pinball machines, from 1962

Pac-Man is one of the many pieces of video game history in the Ontario Science Centre’s exhibit Game On 2.0, on until Sept. 2 at the centre, at Don Mills Road and Eglinton Avenue.

to the present day. “Game companies have been extremely generous in donating games,” said McConnon. “Over the years we’ve built up fantastic relationships with companies, individuals, private vendors, donors.” McConnon admitted that when he initially had the idea people were a bit apprehensive, even suspicious, about what he was doing with all these video games. “Now I think, more people know of our exhibit and they can see and get a sense of what we’re doing in providing a showcase for talents that underpin the industry.” His goal for the exhibit was to showcase “some of the most creative people working in the creative industries today” who are often overlooked in the industry and who not only contribute to the pastime of millions, but serve as inspiration for Hollywood films. The exhibit is 14,000 square feet of fun, filled with favourite video games divided into

sections from early stages, to top ten to educational. If nothing else, patrons will love the trip down memory lane via their favorite games and consoles. Just like movies or music, each game and console holds a memory for each person and the sense of nostalgia is around every corner, in every piece of coding that make up the games. “That’s the fantastic thing about video games, it does completely transport you back to another time in your life, through the images, the sound. For me, in my 40s, I remember space invaders in a table top in a student bar when I was 21,” said McConnon. For Grade 11 student Francis Cellan from St. Patrick Secondary School, who attended the pre-opening event with his physics class, the exhibit was not what he expected. “I didn’t know there’d be such a variety of video games from the old era, plus the new era. So it’s kind of amazing,” said Francis. “I’m surprised to see some of these things because you don’t see them anywhere anymore.” There are also consoles and gaming cabinets on display that predate the majority of the students in the room, from Atari, Sony, Microsoft and Sega. “I’ve seen things that I didn’t even know existed. Some things came out when I was born,” said Laura Ali-Moya, another Grade 11 student from St. Patrick. And in case anyone over the age of 25 is wondering: yes, Pong, in all its glory, is included in the exhibit.


From top: Elizabeth Le and Caley Badillo play a video game at the Ontario Science Centre Thursday morning during a preview for the centre’s Game On 2.0 exhibit, an interactive history of video games and gaming technology; Cian Molloy plays Space Invaders; early video game technology on display. Staff photos/NICK PERRY

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Make safety on streets a priority


ith the impacts of the change back to daylight saving time and the anticipated increase of cars and pedestrians on the streets due to March Break, Toronto police have launched a safety campaign this week. The March Break - March Safe Pedestrian Campaign will run through to Sunday. Though already planned, this week’s campaign has been made all the more meaningful by the death of five-year-old Kayleigh Callaghan-Belanger on Cliffside Drive in Scarborough. Kayleigh died instantly last Thursday after being struck by a garbage truck while she was crossing the road with other children while on her way home from school. Police are still investigating the circumstances of the incident. Her death has touched all Torontonians: drivers, pedestrians and cyclists alike. The consequences are most often tragic and devastating. Sadly, this past weekend did not get much better on our streets. On Sunday, a cyclist suffered serious head injuries after being struck by a car on Bloor Street West, and a North York man suffered our view broken legs after he was struck by a vehicle. Police launch Part of the police’s message this week is that safety is everyone’s March safety responsibility, and using caution in all circumstances is the best campaign approach while on the roads. Part of the campaign will include increased enforcement of traffic violations committed by drivers, cyclists or pedestrians that threaten safety. Parking officers will also be out dealing with vehicles parked in ways that might impact safety. Police will also be paying extra attention to unsafe behaviour in intersections, at crosswalks and by pedestrians crossing streets mid-block. This week’s campaign comes on the heels of a Toronto Police and GO Transit campaign urging pedestrians to Do the Bright Thing and make themselves more visible to drivers. Const. Hugh Smith pointed out that pedestrians taking actions to protect themselves was not a case of blaming them for being hit by vehicles. We believe everyone using our roads has an equal share of responsibility when it comes to the safety of others and themselves. Drivers must always be keenly aware of the surroundings, following the traffic laws at intersections and not speeding, while pedestrians and cyclists need to improve their visibility and be vigilant. Together we can hopefully avoid more tragedies.

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Moving clocks up a wonderful idea


o, now that the clocks have been moved forward an hour, how are you enjoying seeing daylight rather than darkness in the early evening? I took a leisurely stroll around my neighbourhood Sunday night to gauge the reaction around here. And the verdict? I’d have to say that the majority gave it a resounding two thumbs up. But to be honest, it was far from a unanimous response. There were plenty of other views as well. For example, for a significant number the verdict was two paws up. In just as many cases, it was two wings up. For others, it was two ears up. Still others, it was two eyebrows up. And I came across plenty of bushy tails up as well. No doubt about it, the trend was definitely up all around. Topping the list of those

jamie wayne BUT SERIOUSLY celebrating the much-welcomed extra hour of daylight without doubt were the birds in the area that were chirping an extremely catchy little tune. They were carrying on as if they had been anointed to herald in the clock change.

The neighbours were out in huge numbers walking around and engaging in coversation or gleefully tending to gardening matters.

If they indeed had been singled out, I couldn’t think of a more fitting choice for the honour. Equally excited were the squirrels

racing around on the grass. They were even friskier than usual, which is saying something for this exuberant bunch. Normally the squirrels in this neck of the woods forage for scraps on fast food wrappers at this time, but they seemed to be just playing on Sunday. Dinner could wait this evening. They preferred to soak up the atmosphere. They had plenty of company. The kids on spring break were zipping around. Joggers and cyclists, too. The people walking their dogs all had an extra bounce in their steps that they don’t usually have when they go out when it’s dark. Which was a good thing, considering their pets were champing at the bit tugging on their leashes to get in on this daylight action. And not to be outdone were a couple of raccoons that typically aren’t visible when it’s sunny. They were spotted peeking

out from behind a nearby garbage can uncharacteristically curious about what all the hubbub was about. The regulars who work on Sundays and tend to have gloomy looks on their faces when they come home at this hour were delighted to be greeted by sunlight as they seemed to skip along the sidewalk. And the neighbours were out in huge numbers walking around engaging in conversation or gleefully tending to gardening matters. In short, the proverbial good time was being had by all. The moral of this story? Though it was just one night, it’s evident that this daylight saving investment yields plenty of interest. And you can take that to the bank. Jamie Wayne is a lifelong columnist, who takes writing very seriously. The topics? Not so much. His column appears every Tuesday. Contact him at


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To the editor: The gridlock in Toronto is getting worse every year. Our streets are plugged, which, by some estimates, is costing the local economy $6 billion a year. To add LRTs would be insane and only make things worse. The obvious answer is to build subways to take the load off above-ground roads. The subways that were built in the ’50s and ’60s have served us well and are still doing it now and will do it in future. Subways will be paid by taxpayers, either federal, provincial or municipal or a combination of these, and the savings that removing gridlock will save. I don’t remember who paid the bills in the ’50s and ’60s, but maybe

we should find out. If LRTs are imposed they will increase the problem. Decision-makers should come to their senses and look for long-term solutions. I would prefer a regional plan that combines subways and GO trains that would serve the Toronto and Hamilton region under one authority. So let’s get busy and produce a proposal that solves our public transport problem once and for all. All large cities have regional public transport systems and all of them have subways, which have served them well. S. Suurmann


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There are other ways to fight congestion To the editor: Re: ‘Smarter commuting could save TTC money,’ Special Report, Feb. 28. Your recent Special Report concerning one of the most pressing challenges we face in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Region – automobile traffic congestion – highlights the need to manage travel demand as well as build more transit. Unfortunately, decisionmakers seem to promote and embrace only infrastructure expansion schemes that require billions of dollars as solutions to our traffic woes. We can’t discount the fact an increasing population and economic growth will require more buses, tracks and trains. However, a more sophisticated response is now needed that also considers the users of the transit systems – why, when and where they use it, and the opportunity through marketing

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On gridlock: Sensible transit solution means a regional plan with subways and GO trains

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Smarter commuting could save TTC money Offering flexible commutes could also reduce riders’ stress, improve employees’ productivity


proving more attractive to professional women with families, who must juggle As traffic gridlock worsens, their children’s needs with the commuters are facing the demands of their profession, stark choice of paying more said Samatas. to realize the completion of “Women are looking for new transit systems or watch flexibility but they also want commute times in the GTHA to be challenged by their job,” (Greater Toronto Hamilton said Samatas. “It’s hard to drop Area) continue to balloon to off your kid at daycare or unimaginable levels. school when you have to be at Throughout February, resia meeting by nine o’clock.” dents have had the chance to She said the company has participate in roundtables, achieved higher rate of retenconsultations and discussions, tion for its employees who to evaluate transit plans that are keen to stay in a position promise to reverse the tide of which affords them the flexcongestion and usher in a new ibility in how they work. The Staff photo/DAN PEARCE future for transportachallenge, she said, is tion options – one that for more businesses to Former TTC board chair Adam Giambrone estimated that if one to two per cent of peak-time riders could alter their won’t come cheap. offer flexible work times commute times by just 30 minutes, it would save the TTC approximately $10 million in new service costs. Even if they are without sacrificing profunded, such massive ductivity. infrastructure under“I think we have crisis,” said Giambrone, who ing could be offering “incentakings will cost tens of is now a media commentator. tives” for travelling outside come a long way, but Inside billions of dollars and Toronto it’s one thing to have a “And one thing in the mix of of peak periods so that riders will take decades to policy and another to things to consider is shifting who choose to do so could complete. Meanwhile live and breathe it every the burden from the peak receive some form of fare residents, no matter their day,” Samatas said. hours.” discount. RAHUL GUPTA and region’s transit systems, Offering a flexible commute He estimates it costs the “Your goal here is to encourwhich, presently, is dealing choice of transportation, remain stuck in traffic patterns would not only improve an TTC around $6 million for age very specific travel,” said with overcrowding and trafpromised only to worsen. employee’s productivity but it every one per cent growth in A senior Toronto architect fic congestion. Giambrone. With new transit for Toronto would also benefit the cashapplauds Chief Planner Keesmaat has frequently ridership. Chris Upfold, TTC chief of and area far off into the future strapped TTC, said the former In 2012 the TTC reported customer service, acknowlstated her support of a lowJennifer Keesmaat’s call and existing transportation chair of the transit agency 514 million annual rides and edged some benefits in a camfor mid-level development rise future for Toronto that networks straining to deal with recently. is anticipating around 528 milpaign to encourage shifting projects with strong links to could handle the growing record ridership, new ideas on The TTC’s continuing lion by the end of 2013. commute times to off-peak public transit. city’s needs without raising how to deal with situation are dilemma, according to Adam Giambrone estimated that periods. But David Butterworth the ire of local communities emerging. Giambrone, is it is attracting if one to two per cent of those said he wants to see concerned about condoBut he balked at the prosBusinesses, especially, are record ridership numbers, but peak-time riders could alter pect of getting the TTC to Keesmaat and the city planminium towers changing looking to find ways for a much of that travel is coming their commute times by just 30 approach employers. ning department settle varithe landscape of the neighduring the peak hours. “I think we can do someous planning “ambiguities” bourhood. smarter commute for their minutes, it would save the TTC employees. Or in some cases, thing to help our customers regarding the building of At a recent speech at they are eliminating the comunderstand what their options six-to eight-storey buildthe at the Toronto Board mute completely by granting are, and where it might be ings along major avenues of Trade, Keesmaat encourWhat we find is people are more productive when employees more flexibility in in the city. aged shifting focus from busier. But aiming a camthey don’t have a long commute and are not deciding when - and where paign at employers is not a “If Jennifer is really sugsingle-family residences exhausted. We don’t want our employees getting TTC issue,” said Upfold. gesting this then she’s got they work. to higher density mixedup at 5 a.m. so they can spend three hours on a Local staffing and recruiting Instead, he said the TTC to allow some flexibility growth housing, particularly would likely focus on benefits outside of the downtown firm Poly Placements allows its and freedom within the nail-biting commute. workforce of around 50 people to customers, who could then mid-rise guidelines,” said core. – Sarah Samatas, Poly Placements flexible start and leave times, inform their employers about Butterworth, a senior “We have a tremendous head of human resources as well as the ability to telethe benefits of altering their designer for firm Kirkor amount of capacity within commute for one or two days commute times. Architects and Planners. the City of Toronto to per work week, said the place“Peak times are the most approximately $10 million in “We could show that if you Speaking this month, redevelop our avenues as ment agency’s head of human difficult time to add service,” new service costs. get on a bus or subway at a Butterworth said the type very livable urban places,” resources. Sarah Samatas He suggested the TTC certain time you’re going to of European-style develophe said. Keesmaat said. “You have to potentially buy get a seat, for example.” said ment Keesmaat envisions Butterworth said develsaid the company realized should consider a “twogiving employees options on new vehicles and hire more Upfold. “Customers can then for Toronto could create opers might be interested in pronged” awareness camwhen they come into work people just for those times. paign to educate riders and go back to their employers new creative opportunities building mid-level buildings at its location near the busy If you could get those people employers and called on the for designers. in areas near major tranand say: ‘Gosh wouldn’t it intersection of Yonge Street to adjust their commutes, you city and province to review be great if I can make these He said such planning sit connections but only and Eglinton Avenue made would have capacity to handle their current policies on comchanges.’ But we don’t have would facilitate the transif they can make it work for a more productive and less service load without adding mutes. plans in respect to influencing formation of certain subfinancially. distracted workforce. any service.” Giambrone said when employers.” urban neighbourhoods “Why is anyone going “What we find is people are Giambrone believes the While an advertising caminto local “satellite cores,” he headed the TTC board to knock down a two- or more productive when they TTC could save on the need between 2006 and 2010, the paign is possible in the future, walkable urban areas with three-storey building just don’t have a long commute for providing more peak or TTC had planned to run an Upfold said the TTC has no opportunities for office and to build six?” he said. “You and are not exhausted,” said rush hour service if riders were advertising campaign encourcurrent plans for one. retail space and connected really need to have make able to shift their commute aging flexible commute times. Samatas, however, encourvia public transit to the it affordable to purchase Samatas. “We don’t want our employees getting up a 5 a.m. times by as small an amount The campaign, however, never aged both the TTC and GO downtown core. Building the land and ensure there a so they can spend three hours as either 30 minutes earlier ended up launching. Transit to educate ridership with transit in mind would, reasonable return on it.” on a nail-biting commute.” or later. He said another way to about the benefits of shifting according to Butterworth, -with files from Flexible commutes are “We’re in a perpetual budget encourage smarter commutease pressure on the Toronto transit commutes. David Nickle

Future development needs to be linked to transit plans

and incentives to influence this demand and operate the transit system we have today more efficiently. The former TTC chair offers up an idea used elsewhere by other transit agencies and the telecommunication industry and energy and water utilities having been practicing demand-side management and implementing “peakuse shaving” measures for decades. Probably the most telling aspect of the article that reinforces the dominant paradigm – we can build

our way out of the problem – comes from the TTC chief of customer service who acknowledges there’s some merit to attempt to shift commute times, but balks at the idea of the TTC approaching employers to better understand how to make that happen. What’s curious is that our energy (electrical and gas) utilities do just that – work with energy users (large and small) to better understand their use needs and offer them incentives and support to change, for example, the time of day they consume the most energy. The purpose of a person’s trip during peak hours on a public transit system is typically to get to work or school. Further, employers and schools rely on public transit to function efficiently and economically so workers and students can arrive at their destination safely and on time. Given the overcrowding on trains and buses today,

it might be useful for the TTC to revisit their stance concerning demand management and carry out their own research and studies to determine what might be possible here in Toronto. To kick off the effort, the TTC and other transit agencies in Greater Toronto should consider collaborating with Smart Commute organizations that already exist and work with employers and their employees. The program is something that Metrolinx and the municipalities already help fund, operate and administer. They help employers and commuters, explore different commute choices like carpooling, cycling and transit. Their goal is to ease gridlock, improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while making the commute less expensive and more enjoyable. For details, visit www. home Lorenzo Mele

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DOWNSVIEW PARK OVER THE YEARS 1969 RCAF Station Downsview is renamed Canadian Forces Base Toronto (Downsview).

1929 de Havilland Aircraft builds an assembly plant, hangar and runway at Downsview Park.

April 1, 1996 CFB Downsview officially closes.

• 1947 Royal Canadian Airforce Station Downsview is established, later expropriated from the air force in 1952 by the Department of National Defence. 1994 Ottawa announces it will close the base. The site will be “held in perpetuity and in trust primarily as a unique urban recreational green space for the enjoyment of future generations.” At some point, Ottawa says the park has to be selffinancing, which means it has to accommodate development. But the scale of development would only become clear over time.

By Lisa Queen

January 2006 Following a federal election, the community discovers the park plan was altered so areas originally designated as green space will be developed with smaller parks than originally planned.

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April 21, 2011 North York Community Council approves development plans for the park after deferring the issue several times over the previous year. Toronto Council later endorses the plan. June 29, 2011 The Ontario Municipal Board approves an overall development plan for Downsview, including Downsview Park, that includes 20,000 residents in 9,800 residential units and 22,000 workers, with details still to be worked out. Albert Krivickas, vice-president of the Downsview Lands Community Voice Association, calls the decision a sad day for the community.

• • Summer of 1998 Residents appeal the development plan to the Ontario Municipal Board.

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Feb. 18, 2010 Downsview secondary plan draft is released to the public.

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April 24, 1997 The federal government announces development plans for the former base including 1,200 residential units as well as recreational and commercial uses within the park’s 130 hectares (320 acres). The Downsview secondary plan progresses over the next several years.

1994 Then-prime minister Jean Chrétien raises the possibility of closing the base and floats the idea of creating a huge urban park in northern Toronto.

Downsview Park has been an integral part of the local landscape for generations. It has also been the focus of controversy for the last 20 years, after the federal government first suggested it would become a national urban park, only to later announce the park would have to be selfsustaining. That meant development would take up half of the 130-hectare (320-acre) park. The future of the park was thrown a curve ball last November when the federal government took management of Downsview Park away from the board of directors and handed it to Canada Lands Company. Residents and local politicians are worried that may mean even more development for the park. Here is a timeline of Downsview Park’s history.

May 18, 2010 Tony Genco, the park’s first appointed president, leaves the position after the board of directors decides not to renew his contract.

Aug. 13, 2010 Bill Bryck is named the new president of Downsview Park.

June 28, 2012 Downsview Park, which includes greenspace, a man-made lake, a walking/running trail and community and recreational facilities, holds its official opening.

Nov. 29, 2012 Public Works Minister Rona Ambrose announces management of the park is being taken away from the board of directors and handed to Canada Lands Company. Although Canada Lands’ mandate is to redevelop or sell surplus federal government properties, the agency continues to conduct an internal review to determine the future of Downsview Park.

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March 2013 The Ontario Municipal Board and the city reach a tentative settlement on the development of the future Stanley Greene neighbourhood in the park but details have not yet been made public.

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Sept. 20, 2011 The Canadian Air and Space Museum at the park is shut after falling behind in rent payments.

March 29, 2012 The federal government announces Rouge Park, 50 square kilometre stretching from Lake Ontario north to the Oak Ridges Moraine including land in Scarborough, Pickering and Markham, will be Canada’s first national urban park, leaving Downsview residents disappointed and bewildered.

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Jan. 23, 2013 Community advocates and politicians, Krivickas, Trinity-Spadina MP Olivia Chow and York Centre Councillor Maria Augimeri hold a press conference to plead with the federal government to abandon any plans to sell off more of Downsview Park to developers. They all begged Ottawa to save the 50 per cent of the park not now slated for development as a legacy for present and future residents.


Road testing for new streetcars If you live near the TTC’s Hillcrest facility and are prepared to stay up late you might just catch a glance of the new streetcar. TTC spokesperson Brad Ross said a testing version of the new Bombardier vehicle will make its debut on city streets in “the middle of the night”. While no date was given, media speculation suggests the test could happen as early as this month. The testing vehicle, which was manufactured in Thunder Bay, has been housed at Hillcrest, located at 1138 Bathurst St., since last year. The complete vehicle will begin service in late 2014.


Presto fare card marks milestone Presto celebrated a milestone recently when it was announced the electronic fare card has reached 500,000 users in the Greater Toronto region. More than 80 per cent of GO Transit riders already use the service, a number that is anticipated to increase

rahul gupta TO in TRANSIT now that GO has phased out monthly passes. As a thank-you for using the card, Presto is giving users the chance to win a $500 voucher. Visit


Maximum City summer camp Maximum City, the awardwinning urban education program is accepting applications for its two-week summer camp at the University of Toronto. The program strives to educate high school and middle school students about city issues including transit. The cost for the program, which runs from July 8 to 19, is $650 and financial assistance is available. Deadline to apply is late April. To download an application visit


Pearson LINK train to close temporarily Pearson International Airport announced its terminal train service will halt service as of March 19.

The LINK train normally travels between Terminal 1 and 3 as well as the Sheraton Gateway Hotel and Viscount Road parking facility. It will be replaced by a shuttle bus. The closure is due to construction related to the UnionPearson air rail link, expected to be completed by 2015.


Eglinton Connects workshops end Hundreds attended the Eglinton Connects workshops and consultations in February seeking feedback on the future of Eglinton Avenue. Approximately 500 residents sounded off on plans for the avenue which will house the Eglinton-Scarborough Crosstown light rail transit line. Residents viewed preliminary station and stop designs for the Crosstown, which will run both underground and at street level on Eglinton. Another series of workshops is planned for late May. Check out www.toronto. ca/eglinton Rahul Gupta is The Mirror’s transit reporter. His column runs every Tuesday. Reach him on Twitter: @TOinTRANSIT


RAHUL GUPTA Like Moscow before it, Toronto will descend into a future of nightmarish gridlock and crippling congestion if it cannot address its transit problems, said a renowned urban planner last week. Larry Beasley’s stark warning during his a keynote speech at a city-sponsored transit panel discussion at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts came despite having praise for Toronto’s good land use planning and strong transit ridership numbers. But the former chief planner for Vancouver, praised worldwide for helping to revitalize that city’s urban core, said Toronto is in the early stages of a planning crisis he termed the Moscow Syndrome. “When you get behind on planning and investment for transportation, Moscow

shows, it’s a vicious cycle,” said Beasley, who recently completed a planning study on the Russian city. “You get more and more behind and it gets harder to catch up.” Beasley, who was invited by chief city planner Jennifer Keesmaat to speak and participate in a moderated panel part of its ongoing Feeling Congested? public transit consultations, said policy makers should heed the concerns of consumers and create a good travel experience they wouldn’t mind paying for. “Citizens have to be involved in transit planning and everyone needs to agree on the cost,” he said. But Keesmaat disagreed with Beasley’s contention planning should take place only at the regional level, pointing out the importance of local connections. Regional transit is about long lines moving people, she

said. “Local transit is about making places.” But Carol Wilding, president of the Toronto Region Board of Trade, said municipal boundaries are not an issue for businesses that have long called for taxpayer support for funding transit. “Businesses don’t want more consultation, they’re done,” she said. “They want action, even if they won’t all like it all.” Wilding also said the board of trade will make specific recommendations on funding tools to pay for Metrolinx’s Big Move transit plan. John Howe from Metrolinx defended criticisms about the transit planning agency’s seeming anonymity among the public despite being responsible for co-ordinating billions of dollars in transit projects.


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Enterprise Toronto is hosting a marketing workshop at the North York Civic Centre Thursday, March 21, led by Susan Kates. Thursday Kates will present the 10 most valuable tips you need to get your business off the ground. The event takes place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Registration is required. Visit or call 416-3957416 for more information.



Menkes Property management feted

North York-based Menkes Property Management has been recognized for its efforts to reduce its ecological footprint. The organization was the Large Enterprise (500 employees or more) winner of the Green Procurement Challenge, which challenges companies “to examine the procurement of service or products

through a sustainability lens.” According to a release, Menkes was lauded for engaging its employees in Green Procurement through a “comprehensive communications strategy, and examining its purchases to include more sustainable choices.” The Green Procurement Challenge is the first competition of a year-long competition known as the 2013 People Power Challenge, designed to encourage staff to generate ways to improve environmental performance and reduce costs. The contest is open to any company in the Greater Toronto Area. Visit www. partnersinprojectgreen. com/ppc2013 for more information.


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North York-based Fiera Foods is one of 24 GTA businesses receiving a government investment aimed at supporting innovation.

Fiera Foods, a leading manufacturer in North America of baked goods, is to receive a repayable investment of $3.2 million from FedDevOntario’s Prosperity Initiative, it was announced last month. The money will help the company install new technologies to implement more efficient production methods for its bread, bagels, pastries, croissants and muffins. The increased capacity should help meet a growing export demand, as well as build a competitive advantage domestically. According to a government announcement, it’s expected 100 jobs will be created by the project. The Prosperity Initiative encourages businesses, not-for-profit organizations and post-secondary institutions in Southern Ontario to undertake projects that will result in a more productive, diversified and competitive economy in the region. The Business in Brief column runs every two weeks in the North York Mirror. Email items to


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Willowdale councillor expresses concern to city manager >>>from page 1 At the same time, she said it’s not fair she went through the proper channels months ago to reserve space for her fifth annual conference and art show initially scheduled to run from March 2 to 9 while OCAP was able to hold its protest with just days’ notice. While it doesn’t cost money to hold the art show at Metro Hall, Mitchell said her group spent thousands of dollars on associated costs. City staff offered to reschedule the event but Mitchell declined for logistical reasons. The conference and art show is the premiere annual event for Art for All Canada, attracting artists, many of them struggling financially, from across the province. The OCAP demonstration was generally peaceful, although about two dozen protestors received trespassing tickets and one person was arrested. Calls to OCAP’s office Friday and Monday were not returned. On its website, the organization said the demonstration was aimed at turning Metro Hall into a makeshift emergency shelter to bring attention to the plight of the homeless.

“Let’s pack Metro Hall and show this city what solidarity and resistance truly looks like. No more homeless deaths!” it said. Before the protest, Mitchell called OCAP leader John Clarke, who assured her demonstrators had no intention of damaging the artwork or disrupting the art show. But when Clarke was unable to offer liability insurance if anything did happen, she decided to shut down the show and remove the artwork. Mitchell took the paintings to her home northwest of Finch Avenue and Leslie Street, where artists arrived over the next several days to collect their artwork. While Mitchell said she and other artists are sympathetic to OCAP’s cause of helping the homeless, she said the group should partner with organizations like Habitat for Humanity to find productive solutions. “I would like to put a message out to OCAP. Sit-ins and strikes are from the ’60s when we were hippies,” said Mitchell, who contributes to the Salvation Army, the Scott Mission and Covenant House to help the less fortunate. “Why doesn’t (Clarke) use Metro

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Sheila Mitchell, of Art For All Canada Inc., in her North York home. She was supposed to have an art show at Metro Hall this week but was advised to remove the artwork due to a OCAP protest.

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Mitchell thanked Willowdale Councillor David Shiner, who every year sponsors the Art for All Canada Show. He sent a letter to city manager Joe Pennachetti when she told him she had been advised to remove the art work.

“I am very concerned that we are planning for the illegal occupation of Metro Hall, a major City of Toronto building. I do not believe that Queen’s Park officials would plan for the legislative buildings or other major buildings for the province to be occupied in this manner,” he said. “Why should major municipal buildings be treated any different? Why aren’t we planning to keep the demonstrators outside by using City Hall security and the Toronto police force? Why are we forcing a not-for-profit art group’s conference to vacate Metro Hall and allowing potential safety and security problems into Metro Hall that could affect other innocent bystanders and city employees?” Pennachetti appreciated Shiner’s concerns, but defended the city’s handling of the situation. “While I share your concerns regarding the planned protest today, peaceful protest is a Charterprotected right and access to Metro Hall is permissible as long as protests do not disrupt the ordinary business of the building,” he said.


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DOWNSVIEW HOCKEY CLUB ATOM DIVISION SUNDAY, MARCH 17 w Leafs vs. Stars (Downsview Arena, 1633 Wilson Ave., 5 p.m.) w Avalanche vs. Canadiens (Downsview Arena, 1633 Wilson Ave., 5:50 p.m.) DOWNSVIEW HOCKEY CLUB BANTAM DIVISION SUNDAY, MARCH 17 w Rangers vs. Flyers (Downsview Arena, 1633 Wilson Ave., 6:50 p.m.) w Penguins vs. Capitals (Downsview Arena, 1633 Wilson Ave., 7:40 p.m.)

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DON MILLS CIVITAN HOCKEY LEAGUE NOVICE DIVISION SUNDAY, MARCH 17 w Dodge Blue vs. Dodge Teal (Don Mills Arena,1030 Don Mills Rd., 7 a.m.) w Dodge Orange vs. Dodge White (Don Mills Arena,1030 Don Mills Rd., 7:50 a.m.) w Dodge Black vs. Dodge Red (Don Mills Arena,1030 Don Mills Rd., 10:50 a.m.)





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Iranian Fire Festival WHEN: 7 to 10 p.m. WHERE: North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St. CONTACT: Mohammad Sheikholeslami, 416-887-7236,, mohammad@ COST: Free An ancient Iranian festival to celebrate Nowruz (Iranian New Year), which marks the arrival of spring and revival of nature. Iranian music and dance performances, Iranian-themed Kids Zone, Iranian food, and fireworks.

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Young at Heart Club WHEN: Noon to 3 p.m. WHERE: Church of the Incarnation, 15 Clairtrell Rd. CONTACT: Audrey Stratton, 416-223-1663, audrey.stratton@ COST: $45 Lunch at 12:30 p.m. followed by Pianoman Paul. Music of the Jewish Diaspora for String Quartet WHEN: 8 p.m. WHERE: Temple Sinai Congregation of Toronto, 210 Wilson Ave. CONTACT: 416-487-3281, www., COST: Free The evening’s performance will feature the Amernet Quartet. Knitting for Charity WHEN: 6:30 to 8 p.m. WHERE: Centennial Library, 578 Finch Ave. W.

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Tap Dance Classes at Goulding WHEN: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. WHERE: Goulding Community Centre, 45 Goulding Ave. CONTACT: Marilyn Huziak, 905-989-2423, COST: $84 for 12 weeks/$9 drop-in Recreational adult/senior classes: 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. beginner, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. intermediate.

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CARP North York Chapter: Downsizing and Decluttering WHEN: 7 to 9 p.m. WHERE: St. George on Yonge Anglican, 5350 Yonge St. CONTACT: Anne Wynter, 647-639-8421, carpnorthyork@ COST: Free Jewish Diabetes Chapter Meeting WHEN: 8 to 10 p.m. WHERE: The Pride of Israel Synagogue, 59 Lissom Cr. CONTACT: 416-408-0177, COST: $1 Topic: exercise is good for you.

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Comedy Improv Show WHEN: 2 to 4 p.m. WHERE: St. George on Yonge Anglican, 5350 Yonge St. CONTACT: Chris Hayward, 416-225-1922, stgeorgetickets@ COST: $12 general, $10 students/seniors at the door Secret Origin: The Bad Dog Improv Theatre creates a new superhero based on audience suggestions.

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freedom quilt At left, librarian Nina Nguyen, right, displays some quilt patterns to Shona Kaipaye during the Black History Month freedom quilt program held last month at the York Woods public library branch. Above, Lauren Moffard, 11, left, Karina Vilhena, 8, and Stacey Vilhena, 10, work on quilt patterns. Young patrons were invited to discover the secrets of the Underground Railroad, learn to decode maps and messages in quilt blankets, and create a Freedom Quilt to remember the past. Photos/Nancy Paiva


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A preliminary report calling for 15 single detached houses and a new public road on the site of a former school yard was approved with virtually no discussion at North York Community Council recently. Ward 23 Councillor John Filion, who represents the area, told The Mirror he doesn’t anticipate an uproar over the proposal and hasn’t heard any complaints surrounding the project at 50 Kenton Dr., the site of former Kenton Public School, though he would personally like to see the site remain as open space. The preliminary report was approved to allow for a community consultation meeting with Filion to discuss the proposal. Councillors reluctantly approved a final report for a similar proposal at North York Community Council’s Jan. 22 meeting, which will see 11 new detached houses built on the playing fields on the southern portion of the former Fairmeadow Public School at 9 Fairmeadow Ave.

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